Roland has been an enthusiasted woodworker, every since the age of 13, when a carpenter friend of his fathers was brought in to build a base for his model railway. Once he had seen the way that mortice and tenon joints could be cut on the ends of pieces of pine to create a sort of table, any interest he had in model railways was out of the window. From now on, all his birthday and Christmas presents would be woodworking tools.
The long school holidays of his teenage years were spent progressing from nail boxes and bread bins to a roll-top desk which was his main piece for A’level woodwork. This was pretty much all self-taught, as the main task of the woodwork teacher was very much one of crowd-control and chisel-in-head-prevention-officer. At least schools taught woodwork in those days though.
Many years of woodworking as a hobby followed, but redundancy in 2016 finally gave the opportunity to realise his dream of designing and making furniture professionally. First he spent a year at the Peter Sefton Furniture School learning some of the techniques he had managed to miss while teaching himself and also to use the sort of equipment only available in the professional workshop. He has just displayed at the Cheltenham Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design (CCD) where his bedside cabinets received an amazing reception.
He is already sketching out some ideas for next years CCD as well as working on some commissions.